News, Views and Oddities, a fortnightly feature where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
Comics you should read:
Starting Friday with some luscious artwork, as is my want: this week Ben Newman's absolutely lovely calendar poster for Comerge.
If I can just point you towards Matthew Pettit's comics- consider it a Friday tip. I bought both issues of his 26552 at £1 each and they are really good. Very much looking forward to the continuation of that series.
This is a good interview and article on Australian cartoonist Pat Grant. More detail on what he intends for his new comic, Ambient Yeast in there, too.
I like Frank Santoro's report on CAB; how sparse and to the point it is, and also the number of things on there I want to own.
Joe Decie is working on a new long-form project which is being funded by the Lakes Comics Arts Festival; good to see them supporting UK artists in that way, and always good to see more work from Decie.
It's Nice That collate some album covers by Bendik Kalterborn, who has a book out with D&Q next year, so now would be an apt time to get familiar.
That's the music video illustrated and animated by Juanjo Guarnido, of Blacksad fame.
Old news, but following Marvel's settlement with Jack Kirby's family, he'll now be credited in both comics and films, a practice which has already begun.
Cartoon Brew spotlight the ace Gyimah Gariba.
I found this interesting and notable: Kate Beaton on her art being used as memes and changing her stance on how that makes her feel. I like that she's talked about this, and the way in which she's done so.
This James Sturm comic, The Sponsor, has been the recent fevered talking point in comics. The first time I read it, I interpreted it as being about comic artists; insecurity, not feeling good enough, comparing yourself to other people and their success- that whole vicious cycle, hence the 12-step program and the sponsor, rehabilitation. the circle. When I came across somebody pointing out the gender reading of Tessa being a woman, and these two male cartoonists insecurity catalysed by a female artists' success, I saw that, too. The way art works, surely. is that there can be multiple, valid readings of the same text- to deny any is pointless. Here's Heidi MacDonald discussing it, and Sarah Horrocks, Brandon Graham's response in comics form, and finally Tim Hodler.
A new Megan Kelso mini-comic, which she was selling copies of at CAB; nowhere to buy online yet that I can see, but these pages are really nice to look at.
Comics you should read:
- Krystal DiFronzo's Chemo Comics are superb.
- Kate Beaton's Pride and Prejudice/X-Files mash ups.
- Connie Sun on love and creativity.
- Gregory Benton's Force of Nature.
- Lucie Ebrey on getting pizza right.
- The Deep Ones by Julia Gfrörer and Sean T Collins.
- New Jed McGowan comic, Control.
- Boulet on Hogwarts and the way magic works and is used is pretty great.
- Dan Hipp's Cowboys and Aliens: